Design Made Personal

The focus of this Interterm course will be on designing personal objects for identified individuals. IDP 116 is an introduction to design thinking skills emphasizes hands-on, collaborative design driven by user input. Students will critique their own and each others’ designs, and review existing technology designs to evaluate how well design principles are guided by the practices of the intended user. The class will focus on using qualitative research observations to inspire new approaches to design. Students will iteratively design a multimedia approach to framing problems, to communicating ideas, and to exploring the ethical, political, and social implications of design in the world.

Students in this course will appreciate that a “design” results in social action or interventions that are not limited to new products and new services, but include new experiences and new narratives.

We will focus on developing the following design thinking mindsets:
Human-centered – design that is driven by empathy for an articulated “other.” Experimental – learning through iteration, learning with materials.
Collaborative – leadership and joint effort in vision and execution of design tasks. Metacognitive – reflective awareness and conscious use of process techniques.

To get our feet wet, we will start with a design thinking classic, the Wallet Challenge, which was developed at the d.school at Stanford University. The exercise introduces the foundations of design thinking in 1 hour.

IDP 116 Starts in

1000

Days

January 2017

The syllabus for IDP 116 has been posted!

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Course Links

There will be two reading responses due on the 19th and 24th respectively. For each of the responses, create a post on the blog and publish with using the category

Reading Response
Kabayadondo – Prototyping – From Ideas to Agency
The purpose of this fieldwork is to go out with your teammate(s) and to observe your user in their natural environment. Create posts on the blog for each part of this assignment, use the following categories:

Needfinding

for the ethnographic needfinding part;

and the category:

Technology Review

for the review of an existing tool used by your user.

We will use rapid and iterative prototyping to refine a design of a personal object that improves the life of a key user. Create a post on the blog and publish it using the category

Prototype Portfolio
To use the Prototyping Studio outside of class hours, you must complete Level 1 Safety Training.

Link to Level 1 – Safety Training
We will submitting all assignments as individual Posts on this blog. Here are some pointers on getting started with posting.

How to Post